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Definitions of astern

  1. stern foremost or backward; "the steamer went astern at half speed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (of a ship or an airplane) behind; "we dropped her astern on the end of a seven-inch manilla, and she laid comfortably on the ebb tide" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. In or at the hinder part of a ship; toward the hinder part, or stern; backward; as, to go astern. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Behind a ship; in the rear. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. On the stern: towards the hinder part of a ship: behind. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. In, at, or toward the hinder part of a ship. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. At the stern; the hinder part of a ship; behind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. A nautical term; at or toward the back of a ship; behind a ship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for astern

  1. You fancy you see the foam roll away and go glancing astern – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  2. There was a splash and a shriek as it passed directly under the wheel and disappeared in the foam astern – Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska by Charles Warren Stoddard